Includes #1 from’s Great Summer Resource: 101 Things To Do This Summer list – Make YOUR OWN list–what do you want to do this summer? Go camping? Swim weekly? Learn to ride a horse? Now share your list with your parents. Our list is great–but your list might be even better!

Also, this is just one of the GREAT articles in’s Summer Fun virtual magazine!


Summer is almost here you guys!! It’s seriously my favorite time of year. The kids are out of school, the pool is open, its no longer freezing cold outside… these are ALL reasons to celebrate! And I don’t know about you, but even though I know summer is the same length as the other three seasons, it always feels like it’s the shortest one.

Three years ago, we decided to stop letting our summers fly by in the blink of an eye. And we decided that it was time to start actually doing all the awesome things we always talked about doing. We wanted to make the most of our summers, cramming in as many fun and memorable family experiences as possible.

That summer, in 2011, we created our very first summer bucket list. We crossed all 22 things off our summer bucket list and we had the most incredible summer! We went to a waterpark, we watched fireworks in the park, we ate s’mores, we had a water balloon fight, and we splashed in the waves of the Atlantic AND Pacific Oceans!

And we’ve done it every year since. The summer bucket list has now become a Solar family tradition. We look forward to it every summer because it helps us make sure we create lots of memorable experiences for our family! We love summer bucket lists so much that we created the Summer Bucket List Challenge and invited families all over the world to join in on the fun!

So what exactly is the Summer Bucket List Challenge? Well… it’s free and it’s fun for everyone! Sign up for our Challenge and you’ll get prompts to help build your own summer bucket list and stay motivated about checking stuff off the list! We also have lots of great resources on our Summer Fun page including a great Facebook community, Pinterest inspiration board, and weekly giveaways all summer long!

Ready to get started?! Just click here to get signed up!


Josh and Jenny Solar are parents to three kids, Max, Ava, and Lia (and a basset hound named Banana). In addition to being full time photographers, they created The Happy Family Movement in the spring of 2011 to encourage and inspire family togetherness through memorable family experiences and simple ideas for happy family living. The overarching goal of The Happy Family Movement is to rewrite the way our generation views raising kids… to seek out a happy family and find the JOY in parenting all over again.

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